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Gasol helps Grizzlies past Magic 88-82

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm •  Published: February 22, 2013

Quincy Pondexter's 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the third extended the lead to 67-53. Randolph had eight in the quarter for Memphis.

"We were trying to pick them up and heckle them a little bit and make them have to use a lot of energy," Conley said. "Make their legs tired. Do as much as we could. Down the stretch, I think it started wearing on them."

The Grizzlies' opening basket of the fourth ran the lead to 16, but Orlando answered with eight straight points. The Magic also put together a 16-3 surge that trimmed Memphis' lead to 72-69 with 5:19 to play.

But Orlando's rally fizzled when Nikola Vucevic fouled out with about 8 minutes to play, and Nicholson fouled out less than 4 minutes later. Then all the players available for the Magic had to play out the rest of the game.

"I asked myself: 'Who else is there? How many do I have left?'" Vaughn said. "I was kidding with coach (Laron) Profit. I told him that I was going to send him to the back and put a jersey on him."

Tayshaun Prince, Randolph and Gasol scored consecutive baskets to finally give Memphis enough of a buffer to extend its winning streak.

Orlando stayed close in the first half, but the Grizzlies scored the final eight points of the second to carry a 43-38 lead into the break.

Gasol had 11 points at intermission, while Harkless and Afflalo each scored nine points for Orlando.

"We went out there and played hard against a real good team," Harkless said. "We made it a good game to the end. Unfortunately, we didn't come out with the win, but we definitely fought hard."

NOTES: The Magic were without J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith, who were traded at Thursday's deadline, and the players they got in return — Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih — were not with the team yet. ... The Grizzlies have now held 46 of 54 opponents under 100 points. ... Randolph recorded his 33rd double-double, Gasol his 11th. ... The Magic have dropped 10 straight on the road. ... Harkless' 19 points were one short of his career best, which he recorded in Orlando's previous game — a loss to Dallas on Wednesday. ... Conley had two steals, leaving him two short of surpassing Rudy Gay as the franchise leader in the category.